Rev. Woodrow Cole
Services for the Rev. Woodrow W. Cole, retired pastor of Camellight Church of God, were to be held at 10 a.m. today at Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home, 5695 Main St. in Elkridge.
Mr. Cole, who was 78, was shot fatally Sunday by someone who broke into his West Lombard Street home while he and his wife were grocery shopping.
He was ordained a Pentecostal minister in 1932 and retired about six years ago after many years as pastor of the church.
Mr. Cole, who sang and played guitar, made recordings of religious music in the 1960s and 1970s.
Born in Evergreen, Ky., he came to Baltimore as a child. He served in the Army during World War II.
He held several jobs in addition to being a minister, retiring in 1983 after many years as a bridge tender for the State Highway Administration.
His first wife, the former Lorene Adkins, died in 1974.
He is survived by his wife, the former Alice Marie Weaver Phillips; a daughter, Paulette Laverne Auville of Crownsville; three stepdaughters, Susan Jane McClure of Orlando, Fla., Constance Rosella Conklin of Baltimore and Hazel May Wiley of Florence, S.C.; two stepsons, Milton Harvey Phillips and Jerome Emmanuel Phillips, both of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Gerard T. Dobrindt
Gerard T. Dobrindt, a retired mathematician at Aberdeen Proving Ground who held several offices in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, died Tuesday of respiratory illness at his home in Perryville. He was 64.
He retired 10 years ago as a civilian employee at the Army post where he had worked since 1954.
He was a national conference division chief and civil affairs officer for the Coast Guard Auxiliary in the region that includes Maryland and other mid-Atlantic states. Earlier, he was commodore of the region.
He was a power boater and had been commander of the auxiliary's flotilla in Harford County, and captain of the unit that includes Harford and other nearby flotillas.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he was a 1948 graduate of Ursuline High School there. In 1952, he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics at John Carroll University in Cleveland and a master's degree at St. Louis University in 1954.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Havre de Grace.
He is survived by a brother, Donald Edwin Dobrindt of Youngstown; a sister, Dorothy Marie Dobrindt of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Joan Marie Lofft
Joan Marie Lofft, a nutritionist at Howard County GeneraHospital, died May 5 of cancer in the hospital's hospice. She was 55.
Mrs. Lofft, a resident of Ellicott City since 1981, had worked at the hospital 13 years. Earlier, she worked at Buffalo (N.Y.) General Hospital and a nursing home in Harrisburg, Pa.
She was born Joan Marie Heckmann in Buffalo and graduated from Erie County Technical Institute.
A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection, Paulskirk Drive and North Chatham Road, Ellicott City.
She is survived by her husband, Patrick M. Lofft; a daughter, Paula M. Tanabe of Hanover; two sons, Brian T. Lofft of Cincinnati and James
F. Lofft of Woodlawn; a brother, Jerome R. Heckmann of Rochester, N.Y.; and a grandson.
Thelma M. Smith
Thelma Moore Smith, a mathematician and computer sciencteacher, died Wednesday of cancer at the home of her daughter in Cherry Hill, N.J. She was 58.
Mrs. Smith moved to New Jersey a year ago after retiring from an extension campus of Park College (Parkville, Mo.) in Texas, where she had taught since 1991.
Earlier, she taught at then-Morgan State College, Catonsville Community College and in Washington.
The Rockville native earned a bachelor's degree from Morgan State in 1958, and a master's degree from Howard University in 1974.
Services were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Fort Lincoln Funeral Home and Cemetery, 3401 Bladensburg Road, Brentwood.
She is survived by a son, Oliver A. Smith Jr. of Washington; her daughter, Air Force Capt. Monica R. Smith of Cherry Hill; two brothers, Parlett L. Moore of Hyattsville and Daniel C. Moore Sr. of Pikesville; and her parents, Dr. Parlett L. Moore Sr. and Thelma C. Moore of Pikesville.
Douglas T. Ledwith
Douglas T. Ledwith, former executive vice-president oNationsBank, died Tuesday at his home in Potomac of cancer. He was 46.
Mr. Ledwith, who retired in January 1994 because of ill health, also was chairman of South Charles Realty Co., a NationsBank subsidiary, disposing of property gained by foreclosure.
In 1990, he was named executive vice president of MNC Financial, Inc., the parent company of the Maryland National Bank, when it took over the American Security Bank in Washington. At American Security, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer.
NationsBank and MNC Financial merged in 1993.
A native of New York City, he was a 1967 graduate of
Chaminade High School in Mineola, N.Y., and a 1971 graduate of Providence College in Rhode Island.
did graduate work at George Washington University, and completed a program at Harvard business school.
He was active in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Potomac.
He is survived by his wife, the former Barbara A. Miller; a son, Daniel Thomas Ledwith of Potomac; a daughter, Molly Anne Ledwith of Potomac; a sister, Amy Juers of Copiague, N.Y.; and a brother, Thomas D. Ledwith Jr. of Rocky Point, N.Y.